Women’s Cycling Clothing : Four Awesome Brands You Need to Know.
Many of you know I’m also a fashion blogger, which is not an occupation as ridiculous at is sounds. Well at least when it comes to the blog I write for (not that often lately, sorry), because we’re all about women empowerment, among many other things.
And you know what is empowering?
Nice cycling clothing that is made for women.
Many things, which could seem way less futile, are extremely empowering too, but we’ll discuss that another day.
Because cycling clothing tailored to a women’s body is important. No one wants to deal with uncomfortable clothing, poorly designed for their body type, while they are racing, or simply riding. Pushing your limits is not fun, or made easier, when your bib straps keep sliding of your shoulders or if your lady parts and sit bones are not protected adequately. Or just if your jersey keeps riding up and can barely zip up, you now because you have breasts.
Oh, and for the sake of fashion and feeling great about how you look, why not combining proper fit with great designs?
When you hit your good old sporting goods shops and even many bike shops, you’ll be able to find the big brands who obviously make bibs and jerseys for women. However, it’s often one or two styles by brands, when the men’s section has many more options. Or let’s be real, it will be kinda’ ugly. Sorry, not sorry.
But all is not lost.
Tenspeed Hero is a Chicago based operation specialized in cycling clothing for men and women. They offer amazing designs for both genders, but most importantly they make their goods with the female figure in mind. It’s not just a “girl” version of a guy cut. Amen to that.
Also, to facilitate sizing, they launched a Real World Fit Guide. Real cyclist women, with different body types, with all their measurements listed and the size they need. It really helps to figure out what size you should get, because you can use the fitting from another real life lady who shares a similar figure to yours. It’s simply genius.
Oh and the designs are amazing. Huge crush for their Resort Collection that just came out.
Machines for Freedom
Machines for Freedom started when a women cyclist realized, like many of us did, that the cycling clothing selection for women was very poor compared to what men could find. This was the start of her journey to what is now a beautiful collection. The “about” section of her Website is very interesting, y’all should read it.
Machines for Freedom is not only about design, it is also all about comfort and fit. Their goal is to create the best fit possible for a women’s body and their bib is a great example of that.
What started out as a brand offering only men’s clothing evolved and started creating gear for women too, when the demand became too great. It was only fair that women could comfortably start to take advantage of the variety of design Twin Six offers, both for jerseys and bibs/shorts. Seriously, so many prints to choose from!
They also have a very clear sizing chart for each type of garments, which is always practical when buying online.
We’re stepping away from lycra a bit. A lot of us commute or also like to go for a ride, then straight to the bar (or whatnot), and not be wearing spandex while doing so. Hitting the bar with a bib and a jersey, how pretty they might be, is always weird, but your good old jeans might also not be the best pants for a bike ride.
RYB denim offers you the best of both world with cycling jeans that are designed to be comfortable, durable, and cut for women.
In Montreal, you can grab a pair at Bikurious or you can consult RYB Denim’s Facebook page for more retailers.
Is there more brands I should add to my list? I’m always up to discover new things, especially when it comes to women’s cycling.